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Published September 29, 2010, 03:15 PM

Airport Boardings Up in Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Across North Dakota

70,145 people boarded commercial flights in North Dakota in August, a ten-year high for the month.

The Grand Forks and Devils Lake Airports were busy in August.

Both saw big increases in passenger boardings compared to August of 2009.

10,351 people flew out of the Grand Forks airport last month...a 26 percent increase from 2009 (8,187).

In Devils Lake, the increase was even more dramatic.

The 490 people who took a flight out of Devils Lake was a 96-percent increase over the previous August.

The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission says the August 2010 boardings at the state's eight commercial airports increased by 8.6% over August 2009.

The state had 70,145 boardings, which was a ten year high for the month of August.

"While other regions of the country experience declines in boardings and capacity, North Dakota continues to see strong growth," said Brad Fields, the Aviation Planner for the Commission.

Only the Fargo airport (-4.83%) and Bismarck (-.98%) saw a decline in boardings compared to 2009.